QUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo said she was extremely surprised and disappointed at the inclusion of Senator Leila de Lima among TIME Magazine’s 2017 100 Most Influential Persons.
De Lima, who was not even among the candidates in the magazine’s online poll, made it to the final list, along with President Rodrigo Duterte. Duterte topped the online poll, gaining 5% of the total votes to take the No. 1 spot.
“What were the TIME editors thinking,” Robredo asked.
When sought for commment and clarification about Robredo’s statement, her spokesperson Georgina Hernandez admitted to The Adobo Chronicles that the Vice President was hoping she would be included in the list, not de Lima.
“The Vice President has gone all out to influence the world’s perception of Duterte, issuing statements left and right and even recording a video message to a United Nations conference criticizing Duterte’s war on drugs,” Hernandez said. “I guess the TIME editors didn’t quite take notice. Perhaps, our propaganda campaign wasn’t as successful as we had hoped.”
QUEZON CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – In an effort to recover from the embarassment resulting from the rejection by President Rodrigo Duterte of an Honorary Degree from the University of the Philippines, the Board of Regents today announced a substitute honoree for its 2017 Commencement Exercises. And it’s another president — former President NoyNoy Aquino.
It’s also another honorary degree for Aquino from U.P. Previously, the University conferred upon Aquino an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws at its 100th General Commencement Exercises.
This year, following Duterte’s decision to decline the award and after protests from the smartest of students, faculty and alumni of U.P., the Board of Regents said that this time around, Aquino will be conferred an honorary degree of Doctor of Engineering.
In making the announcement, U.P. said that this new honorary degree for Aquino is in recognition of his very impressive engineering feat while president, especially in building straight roads (Daang Matuwid), defying Engineering technology that relied on curved and winding roads.
“No other human being has perfected the art of straight roads,” the Regents said. “It is an accomplishment that the entire world can emulate. Aquino’s ingenuity is a source of great pride for the University and the Filipino people.”
NEW YORK, New York (The Adobo Chronicles, New York Bureau) – Champagne started flowing at The Adobo Chronicles headquarters in San Jose, California, after the last of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced today.
AdoboChron was proclaimed winner of this year’s Best Unbelievable News, besting other finalists like The New York Times, TIME Magazine, and CNN.
The three news giants had hoped that their entries which all depicted chaos, death and anarchy in the streets of Manila as a result of President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs would land them the much-coveted prize.
In the end, the Pulitzer jury decided against the news giants in favor of a relatively new start-up news source, The Adobo Chronicles.
Publishers of The Adobo Chronicles announced an open-to-the-public celebration for this great honor at its headquarters on Good Friday. There will be lost of chicken and pork adobo to go around.